Bars and pubs , Gastropubs Peckham Rye
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The Gowlett still looks like a proper boozer, albeit an antique wood-panelled, minimalist boozer – which is something of an achievement round here. The clue to its popularity is in the dough-scented air as you approach. This place sells the best pizza for miles around. The floury bases, pleasingly thin, taste sensational, and a special mention must go to the nutty organic spelt version, for gluten-free people and those who just love spelt – try it for £1.50 more and a five-minute extra wait.

The delicacy of the base has many advantages: the toppings aren’t dominated by stodge, and you can justify piling on the extras for 50p a pop, since eating a whole pizza won’t leave you stuffed. We couldn’t resist the Gowlettini; few can, since it’s such a happy pile-up of goat’s cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and rocket (for vegetarians, sunblush tomatoes replace the prosciutto). Our napolitana included tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and the egg on the fiorentina was fresh and firm.

‘Smoked in Peckham’ is the Gowlett’s in-house meat curing business, based in the cellar, so a platter of smoked meats and cheeses – made with free-range pork from local butcher William Rose and venison from a farm in Eridge, Kent – is a fine option for pizza refuseniks.


Venue name: Gowlett
Address: 62 Gowlett Road
SE15 4HY
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm, dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 12.30-10.30pm Sat; 12.30-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: East Dulwich or Peckham Rye rail or bus 12, 37, 63
Price: Main courses £8-£10
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Isabella M

Delicious Pizza! Ordered it via deliveroo and was probably the best and most authentic pizza I have had around this area.

Liz B

A real pub, amazing pizzas, great wine list and really lovely staff - definitely worth a visit

Staff Writer

Keep an eye out for the Gowletts special events- often there is a stella soul vinyl dj set that makes Sunday feel like a good Friday.

The pizza, as everyone says is brilliant, expect to wait and order when you get in as they can take a while at busier times. The pub keeps good hours, later than most in the area and the crowd is always good fun vibes. There's even a fat dog to cuddle if you're lucky!

Good selection of spirits and beers and the staff are often dancing with you. If you go for an hour you'll stay for 4.

Kate H

Easily the best pizza in London, fantastic service, great tunes, great local


Funky boozer with well used decor, great beers and magnificent pizza. Thankfully, for users, not as crowded as its' qualities warrant.


get your facts right, spelt is a type of wheat, definetely not gluten free


Without doubt the best pizzas in London and proper beer - Franco's eat your heart out !


Came here for a friends birthday one cold november saturday evening. It was nicely crowded, full of locals [local to sarf London mind] but we still managed to get a table. Nice ale, great atmosphere but the pizzas were fab. In fact I half thought maybe they just order them from Franco Mancha in Brixton, not a stones throw away, but theirs are crispier. My Italian GF was raving about them and had we not been Borough residents we would be in here more often. Highly recommended, but don't get too crowded, we want some too.


Their pizza is abosultely amazing, but yesterday the service was really disappointing. We were 3 friends going out for dinner and we decided to go there because pizzas are good. Since we were 3, one went to the bar to order first and then she came back to keep our table and the other two went to order. Taking into account that there were 2 minutes between one order and the other one, her pizza came quite quickly but we had to wait for ours for 30 minutes!! she had her pizza and it was all gone before ours came... I complained to the waitress and all I got was 'you placed separate orders, we work like this here'.Well, it is quite sad she was proud of the way they work! Clearly if her colleague at the bar asks us where we are seating to write the table number down, she can pass the order to the kitchen all at once - we'd rather have waited for our 3 pizzas for 45 minutes than getting one and 35 minutes later, the other one! Despite how good their pizzas are, had I not paid in advance for my food, I would have left the place without having dinner there! Advise: if you are in a group, order all at once!